Read: Ezekiel 2:1-5
I John 5:4-5 reminds us "...this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" Of course, this positional truth shows that God sees us as having already overcome the world. It is a done deal!
However, the world of men has no idea who and what we are if we are not out there working the work and walking the walk and talking the talk. Faith must be on display all the time, in our witnessing and soul winning, in our church attendance, and in our quest to do good works. James said in James 2, "faith without works is dead." He also said, the only way the world can know we have faith is by our works.
There is but one-way to get more faith given in the Word of God; "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). To have a strong faith, we must be addicted to the Word of God! There and only there can the Holy Spirit challenge us to be men of faith and strong over-comers.
~ Evangelist Wallace L. Clingan, Vandalia Baptist Temple, Vandalia, OH - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
We keep on witnessing for Christ because we are providing people with an opportunity to be saved. With the coming of Jesus, the world's greatest chance had come...it was the accepted time, the day of salvation. We keep on witnessing because we are leaving people without excuse if they are not saved. People may close their eyes to truth, but as long as there is a witness for Christ, the responsibility for refusing rests with the person who has heard. The Apostle Paul said, "They are without excuse."
By our witnessing we are showing the world that we believe, by the power of God, people can be saved. Whether they listen or not, we go on, believing that every word spoken for Christ, every bit of Christian influence we show, every uncompromising stand we must make, has the power of God behind it. It will not die, but will remain in some heart, and in later years, it will bear fruit, perhaps in an hour of great need. So we work, we pray, and the church goes on. We get tired sometimes, but we believe that no effort is in vain in the Lord. His power working through our weakness will ultimately save others.
~ Pastor Keith Letterman, Farmer Missionary Baptist Church, Denton, NC - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
The Christian's faith is often tested in the world in which we live. Often it takes more than an ordinary courage to speak up. We may even lose heart and wonder what's the use. The prophet Ezekiel found himself in a similar situation. He was sent out into a bitterly hostile world. He must preach, witness, and fulfill his god-given commission whether they would listen or not. The Lord is telling us to keep on going. Be faithful to the truth you have seen and embraced. Go on witnessing whether they will listen or refuse to listen!
Read: I John 5:1-11
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The believer is always expected to be an over-comer as he moves around in this world, We are expected to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. However, most Christians doubt their ability to do this. Why? They have a short circuit in their ability to trust God. The fact of the matter is, every Christian is already an over-comer because of the presence of Jesus Christ in their beings.
Notice John 16:33, "Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." Jesus made that statement, and Jesus is living in us. Colossians 1:27 says "...Christ IN YOU, the hope of Glory."
are told in the Word of God that the earth is the Lord's footstool and sometimes a Christian may become so focused on duties, jobs, etc. that they forget to "Look Up." The Lord is waiting for you to look to Him.
By looking up, you remember that God has not moved, and He is still the Lord! Remember the story of Peter as he walked on the water to Jesus. Matthew 14:30 says, "But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying Lord, save me." Jesus did save him, but Jesus also said "O thou of little faith..." Peter started looking around and looking at the circumstances that he forgot Who was in charge of it all. I know Peter got discouraged quickly, but then realized God is in control. We so often do this in our moment of chaos. We get distracted and lose sight of the One in charge of our life. So Christian, when the going gets tough, don't forget to "Look Up"!
~ Pastor Chris Ball, Calvary Baptist Church, Columbia, TN - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
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Have you ever been discouraged and realize that you could be looking in the wrong direction? Perhaps you have gotten overwhelmed and turned around in your moment of weakness? Perhaps you are just looking at the wrong person or thing for encouragement and strength? If believers are not on guard, they could find themselves looking at a situation, someone, or even slewfoot.
In the Gospel Luke 21:27-28, there are 2 words to consider. Please really take note of this! Ready? "Look Up." You may be thinking what do you mean "Look Up"? You remember that we